$8 per night fuel levy will be charged on board
If you want to cruise on The Proud Mary you need to book 5-8 months in advance. We have cabins available – Hurry!
Why not combine a 2 night Murray River Cruise with a 2 day 1 night stopover at the end of your cruise at the famous Kangaroo Island? Take the time to explore Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s finest nature-based tourism destinations and one of Australia’s National Landscapes. This relaxed yet comprehensive 2-day Kangaroo Island tour allows you to discover Kangaroo Island’s fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, stunning landscapes, and unique local produce. 2 nights’ accommodation in Adelaide is included in this Cruise the Murray River with Kangaroo Island package, and travel to Kangaroo Island and back via coach and Selink ferry.
2-night Proud Mary Murray River Cruise and Kangaroo Island Tour package plus 2 Nights in Adelaide. This 5-day Murray River Cruise Package departs Friday year-round.
Coach Transfers from Adelaide to Murray Bridge
2 Night Murray River Cruise in a Riverview Cabin on a Proud Mary Murray River Cruise
Return Coach Transfers from Murray Bridge to Adelaide
1-night accommodation at an Adelaide Hotel
Coach and Sealink ferry transfer to Kangaroo Island departing approx. 6.20 am
2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour including Day 1:Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk, 2-course lunch at Parndana Hotel, Kangaroos and Koala viewing at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park (#Koala holding additional cost), Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch.
Overnight accommodation on Kangaroo Island including a full buffet breakfast
Day 2: In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain, 2-course lunch, and Guided Tour at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm Shop, Tastings at Kangaroo Island Spirits, Structured Wine Tasting at False Cape Wines, Free time in Penneshaw for dinner (own expense)
Return Sealink ferry and coach to Adelaide arriving approx. 10.40 pm
1-night accommodation at an Adelaide Hotel
Looking for something else, why not try a 5-night Murray River Cruise and Kangaroo Island Package?
$8 per night fuel levy will be charged on board
Optional Extras: Select a particular cabin or deck
Make your way to the Adelaide Bus Station for your coach transfer to Murray Bridge.
7pm You are welcomed aboard by the friendly Proud Mary crew. Having settled into your comfortable, river-view cabin, you may like to join fellow passengers in the Dining Room & enjoy a drink before a delicious hot supper is served. Proud Mary cruises to its overnight mooring point and your Captain introduces the crew. Cruising the river at night is a magical experience and the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights illuminate the graceful willows and dark waters as you glide past. This is an excellent opportunity to see the River environment from a completely different perspective and may allow you to view some of the nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls, and coots.
10pm Proud Mary ties up at Woodlane, our overnight mooring, for a night of peace and tranquillity in the Australian bush.
11.30pm Dining Room is closed.
7am The Dining Room is opened. Tea, coffee and continental breakfast available.
8am A hearty cooked breakfast is served, whilst Proud Mary departs Woodlane and continues upstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire Murray River system. In the early days of riverboats, the inland lagoons were so immense that captains could often not find clear channels to navigate, so in the early 1900s riverboat captains planted willow trees along the banks to clearly mark the main river. Today the willows provide the perfect haven for a prolific range of birdlife. There are some 320 species in this area and, with the aid of binoculars and your well-informed guide, you will be able to study these beautiful creatures at close range.
10.00am The Proud Mary berths in Mannum allowing time for a morning stroll through this historic town. Details on three historic walks, explaining significant places and heritage buildings, can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively relax with a coffee and enjoy the main street which looks over the majestic Murray.
12.00pm The vessel departs Mannum. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the Proud Mary chefs as you cruise upstream through Younghusband and Teal Flat. Your menu may include dishes such as Lamb Rack with Tomato Chutney, NT Barrumundi with Lemon Myrtle, Spinach and Yam Chips or beautiful Grilled Prawns with an Italian salad.
2.30pm Proud Mary ties up at Teal Flat, located alongside towering cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches. Here, you will enjoy an informative guided cruise aboard a small boat as our expert ecologist leads you through the shallows and up close with the cliffs of the Murray River. This amazing experience allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the river environment while your guide provides fascinating information about the River and its ecology. It’s a truly memorable experience.
5.30pm The Bar opens onshore. Enjoy a relaxing drink as you bask in the beauty of your surroundings and chat to fellow passengers. There’s also time to take a walk around the nearby riverbank area to immerse yourself in peace of your surroundings.
6.00pm This evening delivers another memorable experience… a traditional gourmet Aussie barbeque prepared by our chefs and eaten under a canopy of stars amidst the restful sounds of the nearby river. Afterwards enjoy an evening of live entertainment around a blazing campfire, provided by our resident musician. Request a song and sing along into the night as the stars of the Australian sky hover above, almost close enough to touch.
11.30pm Dining Room closes.
7am The Dining Room is opened. Tea, coffee and continental breakfast available.
7.15am Depart Teal Flat ready to cruise downstream to Mannum.
8.00am A hearty cooked breakfast is served, whilst you enjoy the scenery this beautiful section of the Mighty Murray River. You will pass through the townships of Younghusband, Pellaring Flat and Cowirra.
10.00am Arrive back at picturesque Mannum. Here you’ll board a waiting coach for a history tour of this small township that has played a significant role in the development of South Australia. Captain William Randell launched the first paddle steamer, the “Mary Ann”, on the Murray River in 1853. By the late 1880s, there were over 250 paddle steamers and barges trading on the Murray River and Mannum became an industrious inland port. On the tour, you will re-trace the colourful history of several pioneering families whose efforts shaped the successful development of this region. Your tour includes a visit to the Mannum Dock museum in Mannum, where you will find a fascinating collection of historical memorabilia. Mannum is also famous as the site of the production of the first steam car in Australia with a differential, built by the Shearer brothers.
12.00pm We depart from Mannum.
12.30pm A delicious lunch is served featuring fresh local produce. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery while the Proud Mary cruises past Ponde, Caloote, Woodlane, Mypolonga and Willow Banks. An interesting video on Murray River 1956 Flood will be shown during the afternoon.
3.30pm Late afternoon, the Vessel secures back at Murray Bridge. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us and will return for another River Murray experience in the future.
From Murray Bridge return to Adelaide via coach transfers.
ADELAIDE 1 NIGHT Adelaide Hotel
An early morning pick-up from your hotel for a scenic coach transfer to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views, and rolling hills. On arrival, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your luxury SeaLink coach, and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination.
Visit Seal Bay Conservation Park where you will be taken on a guided beach walk with an experienced guide and be amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Get up close and see these wild creatures frolic and laze about – a truly amazing and unforgettable experience. After your visit to Seal Bay Conservation Park, you will enjoy a delicious two-course lunch.
Spend the afternoon in the Flinders Chase National Park, which was devastated by the worst fire to ever hit the island in January 2020. You’ll see that the regeneration of the native bush occurs so quickly after the event and there will be many opportunities to take photos. As you travel through the park, keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles, and koalas. See the rugged coastline from walks around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities, and the Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal the spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals.
Your last visit of the day is to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to feed some kangaroos and get up close to the Kangaroo Island Koalas while listening to the Keeper talk about the cuddly mammals. There is also a possibility that you will see more kangaroos and wallabies on your way to your chosen overnight accommodation.
See the rugged coastline from walks around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities, and the Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal the spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals. There is also a possibility to see more kangaroos and wallabies on your way to your chosen overnight accommodation.
KANGAROO ISLAND 1 NIGHT HOTEL
Start your day with a delicious, cooked breakfast before heading off on day 2 of your tour. Today your local guide will introduce you to some of the island’s leading creators where you will see a “Free Flight” display of raptors and taste some local Kangaroo Island produce. Your first official stop will be the fascinating Birds of Prey Presentation at Raptor Domain for an educational, interactive, and inspiring experience. The only “Free Flight” Birds of Prey display in South Australia, it is thought by many to be the most interactive Birds of Prey presentation in Australia.
Next, travel to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery for a delicious lunch followed by an introductory talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. You may choose to taste Kangaroo Island Ciders’ range of Colony Cove products including Apple Sparkler and Cider (additional cost). Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products.
Your next stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm, where you’ll enjoy an informative guided tour of the honey room where you will learn about the extraction process, taste a honey soft drink, and have the option to sample the Drunken Drone Brewery’s Honey Wheat Ale. In the farm gate shop, you can see a working beehive where you can try to spot the Queen bee. There are different varieties of pure Kangaroo Island Ligurian
honey and beauty products to purchase as well as their famous honey ice cream.
Continue to Pennington Bay, a spectacular beach on the south coast of Kangaroo Island for a photo opportunity before arriving at your final stop False Cape Wines Cellar Door. This stunning new cellar door is made from recycled wood, jetty timbers, and limestone sourced on the property. Here you can take part in a structured wine tasting while enjoying the peaceful views of the surrounding vineyards.
Your tour ends at the Penneshaw Hotel where you have ample time to have dinner (own expense) before returning to the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal for your ferry and coach transfer back to Adelaide.
Returns 10:30 pm to selected Adelaide Hotels
ADELAIDE 1 NIGHT Adelaide Hotel
Wake up in your Adelaide hotel. Check is 11 am.
Either head home or extend your stay to explore Adelaide.
* Note: sometimes activities may be subject to change without notice.
* All river view rooms have a private ensuite, double or twin beds, air-conditioning/heating, and tea and coffee facilities. You will then need to make your way back to Adelaide (either coach transfer or garaging).
About the cruises
Operating two, five-night and special event cruises 365 days of a year, departing from and returning to Murray Bridge, just 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Adelaide, the Proud Mary caters for a maximum of only 36 passengers. This boutique product provides the ideal environment for passengers to explore, experience, indulge and discover the Murray River. The well-appointed bar, lounge and dining area provide the perfect location for indulging in the culinary delights of the resident chef, while viewing the passing Australian scenery.
Australia’s River Murray is one of the world’s legendary rivers, in fact, the fourth longest river system in the world. Mysterious, massive and meandering 3,700 kilometres, it ranks with the Mississippi, the Nile and the Amazon. Boasting some of the most spectacular and rugged Australian landscapes, the River Murray is home to an array of abundant wildlife and bird life. It is aboard your intimate cruising that you can discover the River Murray’s ecosystem at its best.
This boat boasts 18 spacious river-view cabins that have been renovated, a lounge, a dining area, and well-appointed bar.
Order a drink and venture out onto the boat’s spacious open decks or enjoy the intimate lounge and dining area. The captain’s commentary may spark an interest to peruse the vessel’s resource centre and learn more from one of the many books available. You may like to enjoy a cuppa from the continuous tea and coffee available in the dining room or browse the souvenirs available for purchase.
Explore at your leisure any of the spectacular mooring locations; enjoy a walk through the bushland or discover the backwaters in one of the available canoes. For those who like a spot of fishing, reels, and bait are available, simply ask one of the crew.
Wi-Fi is available on board. 350MB is free and then the cost is $10 per 1GB. Service can vary along the river.
Your boat boasts 18 spacious river-view cabins. With only one room type, each cabin has twin or double beds, individually controlled air conditioning units, private en-suite. tea & coffee making facilities and hair dryers. Each cabin is approximately 9 square meters and the ensuite is 2.5 square metres. All rooms offer spectacular river views and open onto balcony areas. Cabins are serviced twice daily.
Cabin Selection – Although all cabins are lovely, en-suite, outside cabins with a river view, some passengers may prefer a cabin on the View Deck (middle deck) for easy access. Other passengers may like the Sun Deck (top deck) as it is a little quieter. We are happy to request the deck of your choice, however, a surcharge applies per cabin per night will be applied for all cabin requests. Cabin requests are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. View the deck plan.
This cruise boat is a boutique vessel providing an intimate and friendly atmosphere, offering a true insight into South Australia’s Outback. A modern vessel built to provide the ideal way to experience Australia’s most famous river, The River Murray. Accommodating only 36 passengers in deluxe river view cabins, the boat provides a unique nature-based experience with a touch of luxury.
The vessel, originally designed by Mr Peter James, a Naval Architect was built in Berri, South Australia on the banks of the River Murray, by the Berri Ship building company in 1982. Purpose-built with a shallow draft, allowing the vessel to safely navigate shallow sections of the river. The original style of the vessel was taken from the Mississippi River cruisers.
The first cruise was in August 1982 from Murray Bridge in South Australia. The proprietors have owned & operated the vessel since it was built and has been refurbished on a periodical basis since 1982. The vessel produces its own power from onboard generators and wastewater is stored onboard and then removed when in port in accordance with environmental guidelines.
Fuel Levy Cost
From 1 April 2023 a fuel levy of $8 per person per night will be added to each customer’s onboard account payable upon the completion of the cruise.
All Cabins have a private ensuite, double or twin beds (your choice), air conditioning/heating, and tea and coffee facilities. If you would like to select a particular cabin of deck you can, for an additional $40 per day. Wi-Fi is available onboard. 350MB is free and then the cost is $10 per 1GB. Service can vary along the river.
Passengers travelling by coach
The ‘Proud Mary’ Coach departs from the Adelaide Central Bus Station (Bay 2) at 85 Franklin Street at 6.00 pm sharp (please check-in by 5.30 pm at Bay 2), arriving at Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7.00 pm. Please note due to new coach terminal regulations the coach must leave on time. Should you be unable to make the departure time, alternative arrangements to get to Murray Bridge will have to be made. On the completion of your cruise, you will be collected from Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge by the ‘Proud Mary’ coach at approximately 4.00 pm for your transfer to Adelaide Central Bus Station where you will arrive at approximately 5.30 pm.
Passengers garaging your car
Please make your own way to Clark Street Car Park, Murray Bridge at 7:00 pm. Upon arrival, the Proud Mary Crew will advise as to the garaging of your vehicle.
Travelling from Adelaide
Take the South Eastern Freeway out of Adelaide to the first Murray Bridge exit. Carry on into Murray Bridge and turn right after the third set of traffic lights. This is East Street with the Bridge Port Hotel on the corner. Turn left onto Olympic Drive, left onto Wharf Road, and slightly left onto Clark Street leading to the Clark Street public car park.
Travelling from the Eastern States
After traveling through Tailem Bend take the Murray Bridge exit and continue onto the township over the bridge. Take the first left once off the bridge. This is East Street with the Bridge Port Hotel on the corner. Turn left onto Olympic Drive, left onto Wharf Road, and slightly left onto Clark Street leading to the Clark Street public car park.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.
Supplier Terms and Conditions Cancellation Summary:
Full payment is required 120 days from departure
Cancellation under 120 days but more than 91 days from travel – loss of 50% of the package cost.
Cancellation under 90 days from travel – loss of full package cost.
Great way to experience the Murray. We went on the 2 night trip that leaves on Friday at 7pm from Murray Bridge and returns Sunday at 4pm. This is a great way to experience the river as there is plenty of time to sit on the back deck under cover or at the front of the boat to watch the river go by. They also include a small boat tour along the cliffs on Saturday afternoon and bird watching and a trip to the Mannum waterfalls on a bus on Sunday. On Saturday morning you get around 2 hours to wander in Mannum which has some interesting buildings and shops. Saturday night they provide a BBQ on the banks of the river plus a band that sings for a couple of hours. Our airconditioned cabin was very nice with everything that you need – it can be a bit tight in the bathroom/shower area. The meals were good but you all get served the same meal even for breakfast (due to COVID and no serve yourself). They do cater for different dietary requirements though. We had 30 on our trip so its not crowded and you get to chat to most of the guests. The stairs are quite narrow and so you have to be careful getting around. David R
5 night river cruise. This is an interesting and relaxing cruise. Fantastic friendly and attentive service, a nothing is too much trouble approach. Courtney and Karen are perfect hosts. Julien and Bertrand outstanding French Chefs – every meal was above and beyond! Peter the captain can drive a boat, guide a tour and do a pretty good stand up routine, all simultaneously. Steve the engineer was absolutely tireless. Michael the coach driver and guide was amusing and had a wealth of knowledge about the river. The excursions were of real interest and everything ran like clockwork. The cabins are smallish , but with ample storage, en-suites are great. Bar drinks are very reasonably priced. My only suggestion would be for some more comfortable seating on the top deck. anncar0
The Magical Mysterious Murray. My wife and I went on the 5-night river cruise on the Proud Mary. Forget European River cruises. You will not have a better cruising experience anywhere. We were 2 of 36 passengers. That means no crowds, personalised attention, and it’s in Australia. You have all seen hordes of people disgorge from boats at scenic sights in Europe. Forget all that. This is boutique cruising at its best. You will see spectacular scenery, have fabulous food with superb service, excellent excursions, calm cruising at a pleasant pace, and commentary. The Murray is an astonishing surprise packet. You’ll be amazed by Big Bend, Ngaut Ngaut, the orchards, the feeding pelicans, and the tranquillity. So much tranquillity. While you are there eat at the Murray Bridge River Cafe with its excellent food and service. Peter
5 night indulgence. Very enjoyable. Everything from the crew, rooms, dining were A+ could not fault the trip Have read reviews re noise but our cabin was on the top deck so very quiet. Range of activities was enjoyable. rose17
Proud Mary Cruises coach transfers depart from the Central Bus Station in Adelaide and not at individual hotels.
These are available to and from Murray Bridge at the small cost of $55 each way ($110 return).
The coach departs from the Adelaide Central bus station, 85 Franklin Street.
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure. Coach transfer need to be prebooked.
The ships crews do not include a doctor, however the ship’s Officers are trained in First Aid. There is no pharmacy onboard. Please ensure you bring adequate prescription medicines you may require.
For your convenience valuables may be lodged with the Captain for safe keeping in the Captain’s safe. The company accepts no liability.
Rain or shine, waters on the Murray always make for smooth sailing. As a guide, expected seasonal temperatures range from 16-35 degrees Celsius during summer and 6-17 degrees Celsius during winter.
Smoking is only permitted in the areas designated for smoking, such as the rear deck. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold onboard.
The ships electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Hairdryers are provided on the cruises, how ever you are welcome to bring your own shavers and hairdryers if you wish.
During the day, sportswear and casual clothes are suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets or brief attire in public rooms and lounges, especially in the Dining Room. Footwear is requested in both the Dining Room and Lounges. During the evening smart casual wear is recommended – an open neck shirt and slacks for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse or pants outfit for the ladies. At the Captains Dinner on the final night of the cruise, a jacket and tie would not be out of place for gentlemen and a cocktail dress or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses and good sun blocks. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions.
Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins, so you would be advised not to over pack. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name. Bags have to be handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 15 kg.
Once we leave the wharf these ships cannot obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised to your booking agent as early as possible. Upon boarding please consult with your Cruise Director. Please also ensure you bring any prescription medication you may need.
The following information is required at check-in: – Photo identification for each passenger (drivers license or passport) – Your cruise confirmation number (located on your e-ticket) – Your credit card (as security against your onboard Cabin account)